Freethinking, Hesitation, Weirdness

Freethinking, Hesitation, Weirdness offers a historical perspective from the 16th century until today on how literature and art explore questions around the Anthropocene, ecologies, climate change, and sustainability.

The main question is how artistic works and experiences might transform our understanding of these issues in ways that can help us overcome a widespread sense of alienation and intangibility. The project consists of three subprojects: “A post-human humanism: Early modern freethinking and its legacy (led by Carin Franzén), “(Un)sustainable subjects: On passivity and waiting in the novel around the turn of the 20th century” (led by Sven Anders Johansson), and “Weird wor(l)ds: Literature and general ecology (led by Jesper Olsson).


Carin Franzén is professor in Comparative Literature at Stockholm University.

Jesper Olsson is professor in Language and Culture at Linköping University.

Sven Anders Johansson is professor in Comparative Literature at Mid-Sweden University.

Invited Guest: Sofia Roberg, PhD in Comparative Literature, Stockholm University, Critic, and Poet

Photo: Jacek Smolicki 



FEBRUARY 7–11 • 2022


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